BCS Community Team pays tribute to Miltos Petridis

Miltos Petridis

The Community team would like to pay tribute to a dear friend and colleague; Professor Miltos Petridis sadly passed away during the Easter weekend, April 2020 from COVID-19.

Miltos was a major figure in the UK’s AI community. He was particularly known for leading the development of practical applications and he collaborated with a range of industries throughout his career. He had been a Committee member for SGAI, the BCS Specialist Group on AI, for 14 years. In that vein, he had chaired either the SGAI annual conference on AI or its applications stream every year since 2007. Miltos was known for his expertise in case-based reasoning and was chair of UKCBR, whose annual workshop runs alongside the SGAI conference in Cambridge. He was also known for his work in machine learning, business workflow analysis, data mining and software engineering.

Miltos had been Head of Computer Science at Middlesex University since 2017, where he was an enthusiastic and popular colleague. He was renowned for the care he took to look after staff and students alike. Miltos had joined Middlesex University from the University of Brighton where he was Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Knowledge Engineering group, and previous Head of School. Prior to 2011, Miltos had held a range of posts at the University of Greenwich over a 23-year period, starting as a PhD student and finishing as Head of Department of Computer Systems Technology. Indeed, it was at Greenwich that he met his fellow PhD student and future wife, Dr Yvonne Fryer.

Miltos’s first degree was in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Athens. He had intended to retire to Greece, a dream that was sadly denied by the coronavirus.
He leaves behind his wife Yvonne and four children.